On 1 October 2015 a number of provisions in the Deregulation Act 2015 come into force. These provisions are designed to protect tenants against unfair eviction where they have raised a legitimate complaint about the condition of their home.
These provisions also require that landlords provide all new tenants with information about their rights and responsibilities as tenants. They provide that a landlord cannot serve a section 21 notice unless they have complied with certain legal responsibilities, and introduce a new standard form that landlords must use when evicting a tenant under the ‘no fault’ (section 21) procedure. This will make it more straightforward for landlords to evict a tenant where it is legitimate to do so.
These provisions apply to all new assured shorthold tenancies that start on or after 1 October 2015.